Church goers in L.A. showed some deeply held religious convictions when a Joel Osteen impersonator showed up at an actual Joel Osteen event at The Forum in Los Angeles and fooled the faithful.
Actor/Comedian Michael Klimkowski looks a lot like our favorite Houston Megachurch televangelist.
The multi-millionaire Osteen’s televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries. His sermons also broadcast 24 hours a day on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. You might remember the charming Osteen from when he shut his church doors to Hurricane Harvey survivors.
Osteen espouses the popular theology “Prosperity Gospel”, a belief among some Christians who hold that there us contract between God and humans: If humans have faith in God, he will deliver lots of cash, cars and a top credit rating.
The real Joel Osteen:
“I believe the scripture says that being gay is a sin. But, you know, every time I say that, people say, well, you are a gay hater and you’re a gay basher. I’m not. I don’t… I don’t dislike anybody. Gays are some of the nicest, kindest, most loving people in the world. But my faith is based on what I believe the scripture says, and that’s the way I read the scripture.”
Recognizing how much he looked like the pastor, including the trademark hair, Klimkowski’s sketch comedy troupe, Dabs Den, decided to pull a punk.
Before the Osteen event started at the huge Forum venue, Kimkowski, wearing a sleek shiny suit and speaking with a Southern drawl, gets through parking security with his Osteen looks and fake charm. He tells every Osteen fan he encounters: “God bless you”, as they gasp and ask to take selfies with him. He even one tells one woman, just before taking a selfie with her:
“My arms are long. I’m 6-3, Jesus was 5-5”.
He even makes it to the backstage area at the Forum, and finally in front of the stage, where audiences are making their way to their seats. Klimkowski continues to fool them. Osteen’s bodyguard is the one who recognizes that Klimkowski isn’t the filthy rich pastor, and security ushers him out, telling him he’s going to jail.
The confrontation recorded at the end of the video is with Osteen’s head of security. Though that guy asserts they’re going to the jail, the “real police” just thought it was funny. Especially because the talented Klimkowski never drops character and kept getting approached by fans even as he and his cameraman sidekick were being detained.